Most people welcome the peace of mind that comes from using a generator during a power outage or another situation that requires immediate power. A problem many people face is not knowing how long can a generator run before something terrible happens.
The question about how long a generator can, or should, run without maintenance is what we’re discussing here. The assumption seems that generators run continuously and won’t need maintenance, at least not for a long time. Too often, the inevitable happens, and the generator is disabled because of overheating and might require extensive repair.
That is a worst-case scenario that doesn’t need to happen – ever.
As you learn more about your generator and its limitations, consider first the type of fuel it uses. Gas units are more efficient and need less fuel to produce the same amount of power as their propane counterpart. Consider also how long a generator can run continuously.
Overall, recommendations are 24 hours max runtime. Generator stress caused by excessive runtime is costly and usually unnecessary. Always follow recommended maintenance procedures to maximize the life of your generator and keep it working at its best in any environment.